On January 17 of this year the pastor of Grace Point Church, Bentonville, Arkansas asked one of the AIG (Answers in Genesis) speakers to avoid talking about the part of Genesis where God says He made us male and female and the part that says marriage is the union of a man and a woman after the AIG speaker mentioned these things in the early morning service. And then the pastor removed the AIG presentation from the church’s website as soon as he could get to it and apologized for inviting the AIG speaker to speak the following Sunday.
We are faced with an alarming trend of rising atheism in our youth today. I will address this undesired trend and provide actions that parents, youth , and we as individuals can implement to help decrease this trend. Otherwise, as President Reagan said, “A nation not under God is a nation already gone under.” Let us all please rise to the challenge and reverse this trend.
Have you ever heard that “All scientists accept evolution as a proven fact” or “real scientists don’t believe in God?” Did you believe it? This article will show just how untrue these statements are.
Figure 1 - Scroll fragment containing Genesis from Dead Sea scrolls
In The Grand Design, Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow present religion and science as rivals and give the impression that they are irreconcilable. The following quotes present such an opposition, and they reveal an antagonism toward religion in the authors:
"It is in the minds and hearts of our children that the battle will be fought." 1
I would like to comment in this article with emphasis on our children as they are faced today with many challenges to come to faith and hold their faith in God and Christ. Although adults and parents face many of these challenges as well, I will relate how parents and adults can help our children, as they are the future of the church.
Challenges Our Children face
You might think the statement above about our children came from a Christian. It actually came from a secular humanist who toured the Answers In Genesis Creation Museum with hundreds of atheists.
With support from the United States National Institutes of Health and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, scientists from several medical research laboratories in the United States and the Netherlands have recently completed a series of experiments designed to sequence the male-specific region of the Y chromosome (MSY) in the chimpanzee. 1 In their words, they achieved for the first time “levels of accuracy and completion previously reached for the human MSY.” They also compared the MSYs of humans and chimpanzees and found that “they differ radically